Groundbreaking on the new Kids Saving the Rainforest Volunteer Center is tentatively scheduled for May 2011. The Volunteer Center will be located at Blue Banyan Inn, home to KSTR’s animal sanctuary and just 20 minutes away from KSTR’s headquarters in Manuel Antonio.
The center is being funded in part by long-time KSTR volunteer, Everett Janssen who volunteers to help sick, injured and orphaned wildlife in Minnesota. The actual structure will be a three-story building consisting of 6 dorm rooms, a lounge space, expansive outdoor terraces, and habitation for the volunteer director. The center will be able to accommodate up to 24 volunteers, and alternative housing is available at the Blue Banyan Inn or off-site at Hotel Mono Azul. Volunteers will also have access to the Blue Banyan Inn’s restaurant and outdoor areas for group meetings and free time. Everett plans to be very hands-on throughout the project and hopes to set up, organize, and run the volunteer program during its initial stages.
The Volunteer Center is the next step in KSTR’s ongoing mission to help educate people about the local rainforest and its inhabitants as well as global environmentally sound practices. Volunteers will have the opportunity to care for animals at the sanctuary, plant trees, and learn about organic gardening and sustainable living. Click here for more information about our volunteer program.
You can help support the new KSTR Volunteer Center by donating money that will be used to furnish the center with beds, tables, lights and other things making it a great place to house our volunteers. Click here to donate to our building program.